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Doing Fecal Testing at Home

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by elevan, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Feb 10, 2015
    OneFineAcre

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    Can't wait to see what your vet says
    Like SBC said better to double check
    We always get two independent fecals per year done by a lab
    I would never rely on fecal results done by a breeder if deciding to purchase an animal so I don't expect a buyer to rely on my results either
     
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  2. Feb 11, 2015
    VKat

    VKat Chillin' with the herd

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    Thanks! Yeah, I'm wanting to learn how to do this right, but definitely benefits from making sure I have someone to tell me the right answers so I can check my work LOL.
    My vet called back and told me that those are "stomach worms" "the kind that attach to the lining and suck blood". He said nevermind the technical name, you can call them barberpole worms.
    I am not 100% if that means they ARE barberpole, or just so similar that there is not a point making a distinction.
    So now I have an answer and it's really great to know I'm on the right track. :)

    I am thinking if anyone else is doing their own fecals at home- lets try to share more images and definitions!
    I had a hell of a time since there's one chart online, and some images, but more examples to refer to would be useful, I think.

    I also am curious about how you figure the math for a FEC using a Mcmaster slide if you deviate from the standard 2g to 28mL
    Can anyone give me some guidelines there?
    I did the 2g, but also tried the 4g sample recommended by Southern By Choice (thank you!) and it was easier to see more with a larger sample, but obviously you wouldn't multiply the same, right?
     
  3. Feb 11, 2015
    Southern by choice

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    2g fecal 28ml x50
    4g fecal 26 ml x25
    1g fecal 29ml x100 This is the least accurate but sometime eeded for young kids that aren't pooping out 4 grams

    FEC are not used for Cocci and are not used for tapes.
    What was your goats count?
     
  4. Feb 11, 2015
    OneFineAcre

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    Barberpoles? I guess that's why we get ours done at a lab. ;)

    We do our own fecals for general management purposes, but get at least two per year outside. Previously, we had always done this at Rollins which is the state lab for NC Dept of Ag.

    Recently, got a new much better deal. A friend of ours who currently works as a pasture and parasite specialist at the NC State University meat goat unit just finished her Phd. ( I say currently works because it appears they are going to close the meat goat unit due to budget cuts :mad:)

    She lives about 5 miles from us and we can take them to her on Saturday and she will do them for a fraction of what we have paid Rollins.
    :)
     
  5. Apr 15, 2015
    GabysMom

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    Hookworm eggs...I haven't looked up anything goat wise...but this looks like a hookworm egg you would see on a dog fecal who has them.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2015
    GabysMom

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    looking at the chart I found, it looks like a barberpole worm egg. the goat hookworm egg is similar in shape but slightly different center.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2016
    archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' with the herd

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    Newbie here

    What type microscope should I get?
    Thank you
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Forgot to quote... see below
     
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    archerobx

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    Thank you
    I tried to search forum but I think I did it wrong